Hmmm, it appears that firing Stefano Pioli and replacing him did not lead to a victory in this weeks clash against Sassuolo. It’s almost as if firing your coach midweek does not equate to immediate success on the weekend. Can someone tell the management at Inter this because they truly do not understand that cycling coaches mid season (or late season in this case) does not produce results.
You might argue that the management have purely given up on this season and see nothing left to fight for, but still it’s just embarrassing. After watching the Curva unleash several banners displaying their discontent for the level of quality both on and off the pitch, it should be difficult for people to turn their cheek and pretend like they have not seen this before.
Four coaches have been in charge of the team dating back to the summer and many more have attempted their luck since Jose Mourinho left. No matter what happens, Inter cannot reach the elite European competition, Champions League, and Inter cannot keep continuity at the managerial position.
Looking at this from the perspective of management, Inter earning only two points from seven games does not seem acceptable, but for those of you who did not watch the game, it is now two points in eight games. Stability at the helm is necessary for all successful clubs, I just hope the club realizes that sooner rather than later.
Coming into the Sassuolo game, Inter had many things working against them. A recent coach change, obvious fan discontent, and several injured or suspended starters already placed the team in a perilous situation when the game started. If one were to put these issues aside, Inter still would not win due to heir horrid form.
This is why when Inter started positively, I was a little shocked to be honest. Ivan Perisic caused Sassuolo a lot of trouble very early on, but was unable to get anything from it. Later in the half, Mauro Icardi tested Andrea Consigli who was up to the task. Consigli denied Icardi's first shot which was curling towards the back post. Then, Consigli shut down the angle on Icardi as Icardi was only able to head a shot onto the bar.
None of Inter's early dominance mattered though because Sassuolo took the lead. After Jeison Murillo was stripped of the ball by Stefano Sensi, Sensi dished the ball to Domenico Berardi who calmly set up Pietro Iemmello for the opening goal. By now, many disgruntled fans perhaps knowing the fate of the game had already left. From here, Sassuolo finished out the half the stronger of the two sides and Francesco Acerbi should have given Sassuolo a two goal advantage, but was unable to convert Berardi's wonderful lob.
Current coach Stefano Vecchi decided to make changes at half (Eder for J. Mario as well as Cristian Ansaldi for Yuto Nagatomo) to spur on the players to a result, but it did not have the intended effects. In fact moments after the half started, Sassuolo added to their advantage as Inter's incompetent defending allowed Lirola simply strolled into the Inter box and smashed a low cross to Iemello who happily scored his second from close range.
If the first goal did not wake the team up, the second goal definitely did. Potentially, realizing that this was about to be a fourth straight defeat, the players started to really go after Sassuolo with Antonio Candreva and Eder leading the charge. Candreva did his normal thing which is to dedicate his game to crossing the ball from the right flank while Eder did his thing of shooting from every possible angle.
Although Candreva was not able to successfully steer a dangerous enough ball onto the head of an Inter player (shocking right?), one of Eder's shots from a crazy angle did produce results. Somehow, Eder managed to score from the corner of the box as his shot weaved through Sassuolo players to find the back of the net.
Seeing the opportunity to go for the points, Vecchi threw on fan favorite Gabriel Barbosa for the closing minutes of the game. This move seemingly worked well as Inter got even more dangerous in the dying moments of the game with an additional creative threat on the pitch. Unfortunately, the time winded down and Inter were unable to scrap a point for the fourth consecutive match.
Sassuolo extends their unbeaten streak to six and we extended our beaten streak to four. This seems to be an unstoppable collapse and it’s just incredible to believe that we had won nine straight games at one point during this season. Next up is Lazio, lets see if the players can muster up any energy for another difficult game.